CW’s Nature Walkabout

Photos courtesy of the city of Canal Winchester
Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller is shown here identifying macroinvertebrates for group of hikers who particpated in the Nature Walkabout along Walnut Creek on April 17. Miller shared his knowledge of the flora and fauna in the George Baeris Nature Preserve. Topics included the city of Canal Winchester’s designation as a Tree City, people and their association with nature, the wetland at the middle school, stormwater in central Ohio, the recovering riparian woodland, and invasive species management.
Since the city of Canal Winchester could not host its traditional Arbor Day celebration due to COVID-19, the Nature Walkabout event doubled as the city’s Arbor Day celebration. This will be the 28th year Canal Winchester has been designated a Tree City USA. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day Pictured here is Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller discussing the importance of trees to a community.
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